It just doesnâ€™t get anymore rags-to-riches in the poker world than Chris Moneymaker. A humble accountant from Nashville, Tennessee, this young husband and father of one, won a seat at the 2003 World Series of Poker Championship Tournament. He got there by winning a $40 online satellite tournament. Because he was unable to pay for his trip to the tournament, his father and a close friend sponsored him with the promise of sharing a portion of any winnings that Chris won. It was a good investment to say the least. Chris Moneymaker won the WSOP Championship, beating out such final table veterans as Phil Ivey and Sammy Farha and taking home $2,500,000 in winnings.
Though many people think Chris won due to luck instead of talent, he recently placed second on the World Poker Tourâ€™s Shooting Stars episode.
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